Ryan Shaw is a three-time GRAMMY nominated artist. He recently appeared as Judas at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the U.S. premiere of the critically-acclaimed London/Regent’s Park’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which won the Olivier for Best Musical Revival. He has starred as the original Stevie Wonder in Motown: The Musical on Broadway, and on London’s West End as the Soul of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. As a recording artist, Ryan has released three solo GRAMMY-nominated projects: 2008’s This is Ryan Shaw on Columbia Records, 2011’s It Gets Better, and 2014’s Real Love on Dynotone Records. He has toured the world and shared the stage with such artists as Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, John Legend, B.B. King, Bruce Hornsby and Jill Scott, to name a few. On television, Ryan has been a guest artist on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen’s Really Big Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Martha Stewart Show. His music has been featured on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Dancing with The Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lincoln Heights. His music has also been featured in the films My Blueberry Nights and Bride Wars, as well as on the Sex and the City soundtrack. As a concert soloist, Ryan made his Radio City Music Hall debut at the Dream Concert benefit to build the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. His Carnegie Hall appearances include Elton John and Bernie Taupin Tribute, A Celebration of The African American Cultural Legacy, Curated by Jessye Norman, and a recent Nat King Cole centennial concert with the New York Pops. Ryan continues to be a return featured special guest with the Houston Symphony. His orchestral pops concert schedule also includes performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philly Pops, Colorado Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Helena Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and numerous others.
Ryan’s current solo project entitled, Imagining Marvin honors Marvin Gaye in his 80th birthday year by performing songs from the legendary artist with new original songs influenced by Marvin’s imitable style. Premiered live to a recent sold-out crowd in New York City, the show features the soon to-be-released new song, “Strong Men Can.” The song is co-written by Ryan and the iconic songwriter, Valerie Simpson, who, with her late partner Nick Ashford, wrote numerous hit songs for Marvin Gaye.